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Poster: OrlandoEastwood Date: Jan 20, 2009 2:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Jackie Chan Movies That Are PD?

Hello, I was over at http://www.desertislandfilms.com/MarArtsPD.html and they have several Jackie Chan films that are listed as PD and I was wondering if they still are?

36 Crazy Fist
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076661/
Fantasy Mission Force
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079509/
Fearless Hyena
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079315/
Master With Cracked Fingers
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068000/
Rumble in Hong Kong
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124836/
Ten Fingers of Death

I can't find an IMDB page for Ten Fingers of Death.

I've seen a few DVDs for some of these but I'm sure they are most likely the usual PD Full Frame bad quality prints that are on the internet. If anyone knows that be great, thank you in advanced.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 20, 2009 3:07am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Jackie Chan Movies That Are PD?

All of these movies are protected by copyright as their copyrights were reinstated by the GATT/URAA legislation. No Jackie Chan films were public domain in Hong Kong at the the time of the passing of the law. (Hong Kong film copyright is 50 years for the film + life + 50 years for last surviving writer, director, producer and composer.) A lot of DVD companies and content providers have been slow to adapt to the changes in copyright law. Thuis is especially so for Desert Island Films (there are only five PD movies on their entire PD martial arts list - Black Fist, Black Godfather, The Master (2xTV eps), Fist of Fear Touch of Death, and TNT Jackson.)

From memory most of these films are owned by StarTV (Part of News Ltd) and distributed officially either by Hong Kong Legends or Dragon Dynasty.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-01-20 11:07:50

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Poster: OrlandoEastwood Date: Jan 20, 2009 3:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Jackie Chan Movies That Are PD?

I know Dragon Dynasty has been releasing a bunch of Jackie's films. Thanks for the info.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 20, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Jackie Chan Movies That Are PD?

So we should prey for people to die and then still have to wait 50 years?